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Comment: Re:Send a robot (Score 1) 83

by SuricouRaven (#47572705) Attached to: Off the Florida Coast, Astronauts Train For Asteroid Mission

If you ignore the genocide issue, it was still a settlement. People came to claim land, at great personal risk. Some of them came seeking material wealth. A few came for more abstract reasons, settling on a religious mission or to escape conflict back in Europe. In their isolation, there was a cultural change - the society that emerged had different values from the old, far more individualistic and anti-authoritarian, culminating in the American Revolution.

Sure it does. Some people still find the old sci-fi dreams inspirational. They are terribly inaccurate dreams, it is true - but they are an ideal to aspire to, not something one might reasonably expect to achieve. Robots in space are a little bit exciting, and they do advance scientific knowledge. A worthfile aim in itsself, but that is all they can do. Human expansion promises new worlds. Not very good worlds, and the process of settling them is going to cost trillions of dollars and more than a few human lives, but it is also something really worth being excited over. There's a whole solar system out there, including a couple of miserable lumps of rock that can potentially be made livable. You don't need a strict economic justification for some things: You go there because it's a part of human nature. Virgin territory, however inhospitable, begs to be tamed. Beyond that, it's just a matter of time, money, and enough foolhardy people willing to go first and do the construction work.

If someone were to invent a magic techno-thingie tomorrow that made travel to Mars affordable, do you think people wouldn't go?

Comment: Great when you're in school (Score 3, Interesting) 53

by MrEricSir (#47572571) Attached to: Vint Cerf on Why Programmers Don't Join the ACM

While you're taking CS courses in a university, ACM membership is great! But in the corporate world there's often not a good reason to join.

I was president of my university's ACM chapter at one point, but I've let my membership lapse. The value proposition just isn't worth it to me at the moment.

Comment: Re:Please don't take my nerd card (Score 1) 124

by istartedi (#47572455) Attached to: How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

This makes me wonder if Carl Sagan ever built his own telescope. If you don't grind your own optics, then the level of difficulty is comparable to building a PC since you're just assembling components. When I was into astronomy I never built a scope.

There is a quote that goes something like, "computer science is about computers like astronomy is about telescopes". Googling that is left as an exercise. Wait, maybe I should build my own search engine.

In other words, don't worry about it. The NC should remain in your possession.

Comment: Re:Er, that's a bit confusing (Score 1) 121

by Charliemopps (#47571737) Attached to: The Problems With Drug Testing

Because they're not just homeless. They're poor, likely have no family support, little edgucation and are not generally equipped to be make that sort of decision. And if something does go wrong they likely have no insurance they can use to seek help. Sure, if they find out its related to the testing the drug company might have to pay. But if it gives them cancer 5yrs later?

I'm all for adults making their own choices. But some people that appear to be adults, are not, for a variety of reasons. We should not be exploiting their sad lot in life to spare ourselves some discomfort. Pay more for testing, attract regular people. If you care about the homeless make community service part of the testing gig.

Comment: Re:None of them. (Score 1) 345

by Luckyo (#47571571) Attached to: Which Is Better, Adblock Or Adblock Plus?

I suspect the answer to your first question is because people recognise lunacy spewed by your kind of lunatics as just that. Lunacy.

Between epic bouts of paranoia, complaints about a bug that impacted essentially no one (at least that I know of, and I maintain quite a few computers of all which have adblock isntalled on anything ranging from older versions of Firefox to this machine I'm typing on that has it on Pale Moon). No bugs.

You even attribute easylist problems to adblock. Easylist is a blocklist maintained by folks behind easylist. If you don't like it, adblock offers a huge variety of lists for you to subscribe to.

I genuinely can't be bothered to argue about this further. I bared a few weeks of watching the lunacy of hardcore "I must have no ads anywhere ever, and even asking me to check the checkbox is too much to ask" crowd explode in the wildest bouts of schizophrenia about the "Darth Vader behind ad block plus" (real quote that I remember to this day that made me finally stop believing that I'd hear any real arguments from that crowd).

And before the obvious "oh you're just shilling". Full disclosure: I have zero interest of investment of any kind in ad block plus other than to make sure that it blocks all ads for me properly. So far it has done so marvellously. And I'm really tired of constant whining by hard-core lunatics that appear hell bent to make ad block plus dev into some kind of evil entity just because he added a way to monetize the add on without infringing on my ad blocking in any way.

I do the same thing for lunatics whining the same thing about ghostery. "Oh noes, he sold out". Yeah, first page in options, first option. Shut the fuck up and untick the damn box. Thank you.

Comment: Re:I sort of support what Jackson's saying, has me (Score 1) 393

by Osgeld (#47571261) Attached to: Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

"are all too accustomed to having "the prize" and opportunity dangled in front of them, and then snatched away once someone has got what they wanted from that black person"

what in god's name are you babbling about? I almost find that offensive, like there is some fat white man with a tux, cigar, and a monocle saying dance for me and you can have some cornbread, oops too late!

The prize is the same for everyone here, get smart, work hard and you will do just fine, and if anything we as Americans bend over backwards to give it to "minorities" aka black people with numerous programs, if they take advantage of it great, if not tough IMO

Comment: He's a crook (Score 5, Informative) 393

by Charliemopps (#47568993) Attached to: Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

Jesse Jackson is a crook and runs a business, not a charity... it's called the Rainbow/PUSH coalition:
They show up, accuse your business/industry of racism, do not letup until... you donate money to their cause, then they drop the issue.
It's a scam.

Just take a look at NASCAR.
About 15yrs ago, NASCAR tried to break out of the south and become a mainstream sport. They were largely successful. Jesse Jackson saw this as an opportunity, went on morning talk shows and accused the industry of racism for their lack of black participants. Now, I'm not even going to argue that point... there are very few African Americans in NASCAR. It may very well have a problem with race... that's not the problem.

What's the problem then? NASCAR then donated around $250,000 to Jesse Jacksons Rainbow Coalition and suddenly they were right with black America, Jessie Jackson dropped the issue and said NASCAR didn't have a race problem. NASCAR didn't add a single black employee or change any of their policies. The problem isn't that there isn't a racial divide in NASCAR or even Silicon Valley. The problem is Jessie Jackson doesn't care. He just wants to use that disparity to extort money from those businesses. He's a scam artist and a crook, and it's sad he's seen with such reverence in this country. He's done nothing but harm the black community and he should be ashamed of himself.

Comment: The truth hurts, not my problem. (Score 1) 117

I was SAC, and that statement is laughable.

I was USN SSBN missile systems and have talked with many SAC (Minuteman) launch crews over the years, and it's the dead simple truth. Your systems are much simpler than ours (even without figuring that we had sixteen tubes that we operated individually while you mostly just watched lights) and you didn't (couldn't) operate them or intervene in their operations to the level we did.

The examples of the complexities that you didn't have to deal with are legion (off the top of my head and in no particular order):

  • You had no pressurization system. (And even if you did you didn't have to wait for the ship to come to launch depth.)
  • Your optical alignment system was set by the loading crew rather than operating in sequence as ours did.
  • You had no navigation system interface to deal with as your tubes were fixed in position. (And equally, you didn't have to coordinate your countdown with the ship coming to launch speed or wait for the ship to commence hovering.)
  • You did not test the missiles in sequence the way we did. (And unlike us, you couldn't do anything about faults even if you did, the weapons were miles away and maintained by a different crew).

Etc... etc...
So yeah, the jobs of the prairie dogs waiting in their holes (which is the subject of this discussion) were (are) pretty dammed simple. You punch buttons and swap drawers. If a tube goes down, and it's not at your end, you're screwed because there's f all you can do about it except to wait for a repair crew to be dispatched. (The liquid fuel guys? Yeah, I'll agree they were the real deal. But they're long gone.)

Comment: Re:Pretty sure it wasn't the heat tiles. (Score 3, Informative) 147

by Strider- (#47568093) Attached to: Quiet Cooling With a Copper Foam Heatsink

The tiles on the shuttle's belly were the complete opposite. The main tiles on the belly of the shuttle were roughly 10% silica fibers, 90% air. Think very low density styrofoam, except that it can be heated to glowing temperatures without losing its properties. This was actually the really cool demo that I saw. The person giving the demo heated it with a torch until it was glowing yellow/white, then picked it up with his bare finger tips. Because the thermal conductivity of it was so low, it could be handled (with care) with bare hands.

For the OP, the point of the thermal protection system was precisely the opposite of being a heat sink. It's entire purpose was to insulate the shuttle against the heat that the belly was exposed to during re-entry. Contrary to popular belief, the majority of heating during re-entry was due to compressive heat (think diesel engines, boyles law and all that), Not friction. Basically the shuttle would compress the air in front of it, causing it to heat up to plasma type temperatures, which was then transferred to the body of the shuttle through convective heating. As such, the best way to deal with it was just to insulate yourself, and wait for the high temperatures to pass.

Nothing ever becomes real until it is experienced. - John Keats